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the leaders of iran on notice that the united states and our friends and allies will prevent them and tighten the sanctions we currently have. we have some of toughest sanctions yet on iran. the toughest in history under the obama administration. so, what could a romney presidency do differently than what we have witnessed? >> well, you know, there's a good argument that much of this will be political rhetoric. it clearly no one thinks that employing convention power against iranian nuclear facilities is a way to move forward. nobody want it is israelis to attack with conventional military power at this time. and by the way, i think the iranians are going nuclear regardless of the stranglehold on them. governor romney's in a tenuous position. he won't want to provide a clear alternative. the american people won't vote for a war. >> all right. so one thing i think a lot of people will remember if they've seen the now infamous secret tape. 47% remark in florida where mitt romney did discuss the current situation in the middle east and the wording he used in reference to that saying, we just hav
with the united states. i share that hope but hope is not a strategy. there will also be familiar themes that we expect to hear here. the significance of avoiding defense cuts, specifically referring to sequestration and could affect tens of thousands of people here in virginia specifically. the need to reinvest in the military and the significance of working closely with america's allies. a lot of these contrasts rhetorical more than actual contrasts and witness. he's been vague as some noticed about policy differences with the president but one place where he'll show a difference is on syria. more activist public position and suggesting that the rebels in that country's civil war to be armed and attack the president effectively prosecuting the terrorist attack as he'll describe it that led the death of four americans at the consulate there and libya and say among other things the attack on the consulate in benghazi was likely the work of the same forces that attacked our homeland on september 11th, one. he'll draw that link between that attack and al qaeda. thomas? >> nbc's peter alexander tra
're the president of the united states and he didn't. >> governor romney's strategy shows the softer side, appearing cool, careful and measured and tended to attack center left. >> we can't kill our way out of this mess. we don't want another iraq. we don't want another afghanistan. that's not the right course for us. attacking me is not an agenda. attacking me is not talking about how we'll deal with the challenges in the middle east. >> willing to say anything about anything at any time to close the deal. it is running for president of the united states. >> so you don't believe he wants the troops out in 2014? >> i believe he wants to say whatever it takes to get him elected. >> snap polls and pundits given the final debate victory to president obama but tactically is it too little, too late? >> can president obama impose a price on mitt romney for that? can he hold his feet to the fire and win that argument so possible the audacity of etch will work? >> well, i think that the problem for the obama campaign is the first debate. >> even if they can just knock that back a little bit in terms of the
from this and before he had any facts blamed the united states. so, blamed the president. >> so sean, a president romney would presumably have been given this same information. how can he credibly claim his response would be any different than that of president obama's? >> well what governor romney was responding to at the time as you recall that the embassy in cairo had put out a statement talking about appeasement and that a video and trying to -- the folks that were attacking the embassy in cairo, it wasn't something that we condoned and apologizing for the video. that's what the governor was talking about then. i think there's a big difference between how the white house reacted to the terrorist act that occurred at the consulate in benghazi and that's a whole separate issue. the problem, thomas, is the timeline that the white house is trying to discuss changes so often in terms of what they said and when they said it and, you know, the president went to the u.n. two weeks after the attack in benghazi and made it very clear six times that the incident there stemmed from a video.
out. i'm sure they are extremely disappointed that there are better job numbers in the united states of america because they have been trying to sabotage any efforts, every day i see it in the congress, they have been trying to sabotage any efforts that would actually make the economy better, and now they're just going to have to live with that number. they'll spin it any way they want, but there it is. >> i think bill clinton would call this number lower, just simple arithmetic. jan schakowsky, thank you for joining me this morning. >> and happy birthday to you. >> thank you. thank you so much. we want to show you those numbers, 7.8% unemployment, the low nest nearly to yours. employers adding nearly 114,000 new jobs. the 7.8% rate is the same as when president obama took office back in january of '09. now, it claimed to 10% in october of that year before then starting to fall. last month unemployment dropping among adult men and women and also in teens, but it's still a whopping 23.7% for that last group. now, here is how we break it down. it dropped among whites, african-americans
. >> absolutely. one of the things i think we often forget is that the president of the united states, his greatest legacy is consistently that federal judiciary. when we look at the issue of abortion, the longest legacy any president leaves are the appointments made to those federal benches. though this was a vice presidential debate, they are reflecting those same issues. >> the next president will be able to appoint two supreme court judges. >> argued there was rape, enforcible rape, in the case of rape or incest it was still, it would be a crime to engage in having an abortion. >> all i'm saying is if you believe that life begins at conception, that, therefore, doesn't change the definition of life. that's a principle. the policy of a romney administration is to oppose abortion with exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. >> my friend says that, i guess he accepts governor romney's position now because in the past he has argued that there was rape and forcible rape. >> trying to drive a wedge there between both ryan and romney on their positions on this very issue. was he a
the names of libyan civilians and local leaders working with the united states, which senator kerry says exposes them to possible danger. the chairman of the house republican oversight committee darrell issa has accused the president of failing to come clean about the events in libya, saying the american people deserve a full explanation. more on these stories throughout the next hour. stick with us. >>> now, as we mentioned, the presidential candidates are leaving the campaign trail today to prepare for their final face-off at monday night's debate. governor romney just wrapped up his debate prep for the day, and peter alexander is in florida with the latest. what can you tell us about what the governor is doing to prepare for monday's debate? >> reporter: richard, there is always a pretty good indication that debate prep is over and they're heading off to a fundraiser when you hear all the revving engines of the palm beach county sheriff's deputies and others. he is preparing to head off to that fundraiser that we'll have more details on in just a moment. the debate prep lasted for the
of the united states whether that president's a republican or whether that president is a democrat. >> in denver, mitt romney had a plan, a strategy, he executed. president obama didn't. in this debate president obama had a strategy. you could see all throughout the debate. >> president obama i thought strategically had a good debate. >> at the top of the hour we're also watching this. any minute the kickoff of a post-debate campaign event. paul ryan will be stumping in ohio with condoleezza rice. we'll go live in that warrants. but now to ed shultz host of "the ed show." we were talking about after the last presidential debate. did he bring the fire he demanded? you were upset the last one. >> i don't think the president left too much on the table last night. it's hard to win in 90 minutes. that's president came damn close. in the midst of all that in the president' performance, mitt romney created two new problems for himself on women and immigration. the problem with women has nothing to do with contraception it's now how they're viewed in the workplace. they're out there talking about what h
. the president of the united states is now the underdog. >> mitt romney will be stump thing hour in battleground ohio with the fiery surrogate chris christie who will be bringing what some on the left call his own jersey shore brand of gtl. go tell lies. meanwhile, romney's getting help from at not so eke receipt weapon of his own. his wife, ann. appearing on "gma" and launching a mid week media blitz calling president obama and democrats poor sports. >> it is sort of like someone that, you know, in the sandbox like lost the game and they are just going to kick sand in someone's face and say you liar. i mean, it is like -- they lost. and so now they just are going to say okay, the game, you know, between didn't like the game. >> okay. let's dive in to our wednesday political power panel. msnbc's contributor jimmy sxwms republican strategist hogan giddily. it is good to have you here. jimmy, i want to start with you. bill clinton was on fire in las vegas yesterday. making the case romney can't be believed in doing it only in a way the president can. take a look. >> the problem with this deal is t
have been transferred to the united states. the best known of the group is radical pretty mucher abu has ma al masri. he kidnapped two american tourists in yemen back in 1998. two of the five suspects pleaded not guilty to charges this morning. >>> and here's a quick look at some of the other stories making news right now. officials in afghanistan say two americans were killed in the eastern part of the country today. while their names have not been released, the military says they died in an insurgent attack. >>> drivers in california are waking up to record-high gas prices. aaa says the average for a gallon of regular unleaded is up to $4.61 a gallon. that is the highest in the nation. >>> and honda has issued a new recall for its crvs model year 2002 to 2006. apparently the driver side power window switch can fail and sometimes melt, causing a fire. honda says it will repair those switches free of charge. >> we will win ohio. we will win this election. >> when i'm president of the united states, when i'm president of the united states -- >> both president obama and mitt romney see
" releasing video of paul ryan talking about a quote, moral tipping point, in the united states, six months before the 47% comments. take a look. >> the good news is survey after survey, poll after poll, still shows that we are a center right 70-30 country. 70% of americans want the american dream. they believe the american idea. only 30% want the welfare state. >> all right, so he at least gives credit to 17% more people than mitt romney did, but how damminging is that f in to have the same mentality, considering there's a minority portion that would rather get welfare checks than jobs? >> i think whether it's condemning or not is defining because it shows that both the presidential and vice presidential candidates and the republican party have the same attitude that there's a large block of americans, one saying 47, the other saying 30%, that want to be welfare dependent or want a welfare state and they want to be president and vice president. when they identify this large block of americans that in effect, they're saying are mooches. what what's interesting, one tape, you have a presiden
, what are the three worship words this fall? jobs, jobs, jobs. if you want jobs in the united states, you have to have technical innervation. that's what sets us worlds apart. we're no longer the best manufacturer of certain goods. >> right. >> we are the technological leaders. if you want, for example, a smartphone, you inventors from the united states and these people understand science. >> this is what governor romney said about evolution. this was in 2007 and according to "the new york times," quote, i believe that god designed the universe and created the june krers and i believe evolution is most likely the process he used to create the human body. there's a view that tries to bridge science and religion. i know you have said in the past you are an obama guy, you're voting for the president. what do you think of governor romney's view? >> it's okay. >> it's okay. >> as i said, i'm not going to address anybody's religion. this is not what i'm talking about. what we do in science and critical thinking, you have a claim, an assertion. in this case, the earth is 6,000 years old or
, drew international attention to the issue. but netanyahu trying to put pressure on the united states to get a little bit tougher with iran, to draw a red line, to make deadlines. so this is a very volume tiff issue. the white house says the story appearing in "the new york times" is flat-out not true. they say they're willing to silt down one-on-one with iran. but they say it's not true at this point. the story had negotiations. the deal between the united states and iran is those negotiations would happen after the election. you can bet that's going to be a political hot potato. not only tomorrow night, but over the course of the next two weeks, heading into november 6th. >> one of the criticisms is if this were to come to pass akoshding to the article. one-on-one talks would be seen as a reward for iran based on its famous brinksmanship here. pay off, basically this sort of bad boy attitude. if you will. >> that will be the criticism, i think you can expect, you've heard it from rob portman, also from mitt romney tomorrow night. they're going to cite the north korean president with
, nor do i think they will. his positive impact on american families, across the united states. nih, i can tell you a personal story, craig. and that happens to thousands of other families. my daughter was struck with malignant brain cancer and she went to nih as we did as a young family. and she went on a stage ii study there. where they were still trying to develop a certain drug. she's hera at 11, going on 22 because of arlen specter. that's the legacy that arlen specter left behind. there's nobody in pennsylvania who has had a greater impact and has such duration, as that man it was an honor to have been in the arena with arlen spector. >> what about his impact on the senate judiciary committee. as andrew said, famous for angering conservatives in the robert bork hearings and angering liberalses with his examination of anita hill in the collaros thomas hearing. >> i didn't always agree with arlen specter. except with how he approached issues. i remember him saying except for a senate vote to go to war, the next to most important vote that you can mai make is for who's going to be o
race that you're proud of beef iing presi of the united states, i applaud colin for standing with him. >> governor sununu said colin powell is a friend and i respect the endorsement decision that he made and i do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president's policies. okay, this stuff is like feathers to the wind, you say it, it's out there. i've made the remark. well, he's black, so that's why he's supporting him. susan? >> it's a complete unforced error for team romney. there's no reason this should even become an issue. the only way that general colin powell's endorsement would have made huge news is if he changed his endorsement to romney. the fact that he stayed with president obama really isn't a lot of news. so, then you add making the endorsement more weighted than it should be. and making this fumble. it's very unfortunate for the romney team right now. >> and, chris, what do you say about this? this comes on the heels of the donald trump birther stuff getting more heat and now sununu coming out and playing the race card. >> i imagine the romney c
'm a citizen of the united states of america. >> asian americans just like to be americans. when the candidates reach out to them, they're thrilled about that. >> reporter: like on the economy, asian americans are just as worried. >> one candidate is going to fix the immigration thing, one is going to fix the budget thing. >> who are you going to pick? >> that's why i'm undecided. >> reporter: he is not alone, virginia has 6% asian americans, nevada, almost 8, and west virgin virginia, 2.3%. >> you can bet your bottom dollar both candidates will be working hard to get their vote. >> which is why voters like haresh could become 2012's ultimate swing vote. richard lui, nbc news, washington. >> for more insuight into all o this, i want to bring in toby and christine, both from a nonpartisan voter mobilization group and a professor of political science at the university of california riverside and principle investor for the national asian american survey. thank you all for being here. first of all, something richard lui mentioned in his report just a moment ago, the asian american vote is not one b
. remember, susan rice, the ambassador to the united states got in a lot of heat because she went on shows a week later and said it was a spontaneous action. it turns out, that's exactly the talking points that the cia was distributing within the united states government. so a lot of controversy, a lot of ambiguity. it's not likely to die down between now and monday and even after that, richard. >> it's going to be a very detailed and involved issue, if they do bring it up. we're getting information each and every day. mike viqueira, thank you so much. now, the attack on libya, as mike viqueira was telling us, goes back to this exchange. this is a big issue and might be a very big part of what is going to be happening as this debate becomes more charged after what had happened. let's listen to that exchange and what happened there. >> you said in the rose garden, the day after the attack, it was an act of terror. it was not a spontaneous demonstration. >> please proceed. >> is that what you're saying? >> please proceed, governor. >> i want to make sure we get that for the record, because i
in this crowd who have probably been following me since i was running for the united states senate. and you know what? you can -- like this guy right here who i served with in the united states senate, george. and you could take a videotape of things i said 10 years ago, 12 years ago and you would say, man this is the same guy. has the same values. cares about the same people. doesn't forget where he came from. knows who he's fighting for. and you know what? i haven't finished all the work that we set out to do back in 2008. but i have fought for you the every single day that i've held this office. and with your help, i've kept the commitments that i have made. i told you we'd end the war in iraq, we did. i said we'd begin the process of ending the war in everything an, we are. i said we'd refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11 and we have, and a new tower rises over the new york skyline. al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. i kept that promise. >> president obama on the stump there in iowa today, a very busy day for the president going from iowa, co
everywhere in the united states. right now we've had 1.2 million people cast absentee ballots. the gop leads by about five points. but early voting started today in florida. it's hot and heavy, and you're going to see a huge democratic turn south. i would imagine by tomorrow if not tuesday, the democrats will actually lead in total ballots cast. >> one of the things also we should note about florida here, i understand that democrats have a registered voter lead as well in this state. that's at roughly a half million. that accurate? >> actually, the numbers just came out a minute ago. 535,000 voters is what the democrats lead the republicans by. now, in 2008 it was a 657,000 voter edge. what is interesting is that florida's voter rules have become basically blacker and browner, and the democratic party has responded as well, whereas the republican party is becoming whiter where. hispanics have grown about 22% in the state, they've grown 26% on the democratic voter roles, but only grown 9% on the gop voter roles. so the changing demographics of the state are going to haunt the galena park, if
. >> when the prp vice president the united states directly contradicts the testimony, sworn testimony of state department officials, american citizens have a right to know just what's going on. and we're going to find out. >> that was governor romney yesterday in richmond, virginia. how much of an impact will this issue have on the president's standing with regard to foreign policy. he's a surrogate for the obama cam paper. do appreciate you spending part of your afternoon with us, sir. >> great being back on here, buddy. >> a lot of con nutrition, a lot of second-guessing about what happened in benghazi. here's what republican congressman darrell issa had to say earlier. take a listen. >> they repeatedly warned washington officials about dangerous situation in libya. instead of, however, moving swiftly to respond to these concerns, washington officials seemed preoccupied with the concept of normization. >> at the debate the vice president said, quote, we did not know that they needed -- excuse me -- that they wanted more security. was thursday's debate a missed opportunity by the oba
. the country knows who this man is. they know his background, they know he didn't go to the united states senate to be a millionaire. he went there to work on behalf of the people. so there's a lot of people that will expect a lot out of joe biden because they know who he is. but he'll be presenting the case that where we were and where we're going is great for america. and there is absolutely no question that if the chairman of the house budget committee, if he's all about numbers, he's not going to be able to deny what skr joe biden will say tonight. >> will we see a lot of zingers? >> what's a zinger, a fact? a fact of what the country wants, a fact of what we've been able to accomplish, the automobile loan? yesterday on the stump, paul ryan was trying to make the case that they're for the automobile industry. really? did you forget about the bankruptcy editorial that was put out by his by on top of the ticket? i mean, look, there are so many contradictions and where the republicans are right now, the tea party, this is a tea party residual. they have created an identity crisis for the
sharpton going all over the state to energize it. the base for the first black president of the united states. that's what this is all about. >> this is ridiculous. >> we've got to go after this. >> i'm offended by way is saying here. this is about middle income voters, about somebody who wants to cut taxes for small businesses and middle income voters and not raise taxes on middle income families in order to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires. i encourage everybody to get out and vote and never diminish anybody else's right to vote. that's critical. >> we have to leave it there. i encourage you guys to continue your conversation via twitter perhaps. >> jobs and jobs and jobs. >> we'll leave it here. we have so much other stuff to get to. clarence mckee, kevin cate, appreciate your time this saturday afternoon. >> still to come, does he help or does he hurt? sweetie, you have to scrub it first. no you don't, honey. yes, you do! don't! i've washed a few cupcake tins in my day... oh, so you're a tin expert now. is that... whoa nelly! hi, kitchen counselor here. he's actually
. >> we've got one more jobs report coming out right now. we went down to 7.8% in the united states, which surprised many watchers, perhaps even you. when we're looking at the key swing states and their unemployment rates, you can draw a line of the states that seem to be leading, perhaps, towards romney right now, and having higher unemployment rates and those that have lower unemployment rates, in the midwest, for instance. ohio is an example. do you think that's where the line will be drawn, in terms of which way these states will go? >> listen, it's really good news right now about the economy. obviously, there's a lot more work that needs to be done, but all the numbers that are supposed to be going up are going up. we've got jobs numbers that are up, unemployment numbers that are down. housing prices are starting to go up, foreclosures are going down. new starts going up. you see manufacturing and especially the auto industry growing at rates that you haven't seen since the clinton administration. >> is it enough, though? is it enough to get those voters in those swing states off the
won't know until the election is over. but, i mean, when a candidate for the united states senate makes a provocative comment like that, we have to report it. we have to discuss it. it's surprising. it's eye-opening, and it's going to be something that voters will hear a lot about because, yes, we are talking about it. but ultimately, the race is in the hands of the voters, they may decide they side with richard mourdock or todd akin for other issues, or perhaps they agree with him on those issues. it is a little unusual that rape has become this big buzzword in politics this year. it's very surprising and hard to understand why anybody thought that was going to be a gad idea. >> yeah, and lynn, beth just brought up todd akin there. he has clawed hi way back in missouri. i want to put up this poll here if we've got it. st. louis post dispatch has him within the margin of error now against claire mccaskill who is off the trail, tending to a sick mother. is there enough time between now and aikin's rape comments? has there been enough time that folks have forgotten about him? can th
on the stage with the president of the united states. mitt romney did well in some of the debates in the primary. not so well in others. you see both campaigns now trying to lower expectations with the president saying he's not that great a debater and mitt romney is very good. but it's clearly, it's out there in the conventional wisdom that mitt romney has to do well to turn around that battle ground map that you just pointed out. how he's doing in the swing states. he has never been ahead. mitt romney has never been ahead in any public poll in nevada. that's ominous for him in this state i think. >> let's take a look at this. i need to talk toy about the las vegas review journal out with its unofficial fund coffee vote which has correctly predicted since 2000 and has obama leading 49 to 45. what is your prediction? >> well, i think obama is up by four, five, maybe six points. the democrats are very confident right now. trying to protect the results this far out is a little bit difficult. you mentioned the 12 point lead -- the 12 point victory in 2008. the democrats have done rem
to do it. this is a man who is running to be president of the united states. with all due respect to governor romney, when you're asking for somebody's vote, you aught to tell them what specifically you're going to do if they are kind enough to give you that vote. he didn't do that last night. i don't know if he'll do it in the next two debates or not. time will tell, but i thought the president was powerful in that moment. >> governor, you seem to be making a better case yourself this morning. as we talk about florida this morning, it's a razor-thin margin. the latest wall street journal poll showing the president with a one-point lead over mitt romney. how does the president salvage this and do you think that last night's debate will give mitt romney momentum in your state to go ahead of president obama and take the lead? >> that's a great question. and it's too early to tell. we really don't know. the performance by governor romney, you have to give him credit. he did a good performance. frankly, though, in some of that performance, and i don't know if i'm the only one who saw
the president of the united states who is in office, particularly this one because of bin laden. >> all right. one more. >> i think he is going to have a big problem. he has a libya scandal that is brewing. iran has not stopped its nuclear weapons program. he has a problem with israel. i think he is going to be vulnerable. >> thanks, everybody. got to go. perry bacon jr., jennifer rubin, tara mcguinness. thank you. craig melvin will be back tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. eastern time when he has gray davis live as a guest on the show. and be sure to catch "meet the press" tomorrow morning on nbc where arnold schwarzenegger will be among david gregory's guests. and the replay tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. eastern time here on msnbc. until then have, yourself a great day. does your phone give you all day battery life ? droid does. and does it launch apps by voice while learning your voice ? launch cab4me. droid does. keep left at the fork. does it do turn-by-turn navigation ? droid does. with verizon, america's largest 4g lte network, and motorola, droid does. get $100 off select motorola 4g lte smartphones lik
in the united states, around the world, recognized as a gold standard in children's education. at a time when kids in our country, not enough of them can actually read proficiently, what sense does it make to cut? i mean, we're not going to balance that $5 trillion hole by getting rid of big bird. that's what i think part of reminding people about big bird does, how ridiculous the rhetoric from the romney/ryan campaign is, but also the idea that, so, you're going to cut something that we know is effective and works and helps our kids prepare for the future, but you're going to continue to give subsidies to big oil? that doesn't make sense. so, i do think that there is a seriousness to this conversation and i think biden is the kind of guy who can bring that right balance to the debate. >> all right, so, one thing in an interview, congressman ryan did talk about his nerves playing into effect for thursday. take a look. >> joe biden's one of the best debaters we've seen in modern politics. he's been doing this for 40 years. he ran for president twice, he's the sitting vice president. it's my fi
because this is the first time in 33 years that a united states ambassador has been assassinated. mr. president, this is an issue because we were attacked successfully by terrorists on the anniversary of 9/11. president obama, this is an issue because americans wonder why it was it took so long for you and your administration to admit that this was a terrorist attack. >> well, now ambassador stevens, as you have heard, the father of ambassador stevens is saying, quote, it would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue. it has to be objectively examined. it does not belong in the campaign arena. is the romney campaign wrong to politicize this while an investigation is ongoing? >> well, i think that when it comes to ambassador stevens' death all of us honor him for his service and his contribution to both our country and to what he did to help further the peace in libya. but what i think is an issue is this question of leadership and then how the events unfolded, what the white house did know, when it did know -- and when it knew it. so i think there's a separation. it's
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